Many of the photos of Pope Benedict’s historic U.S. visit that you’ve seen on our home page and on this blog were taken by our visual media manager, Nancy Wiechec (right). Many of them are what I consider to be iconic images that you’ll be seeing for years to come, whether in our client publications or in books and other media about Pope Benedict.
But it wasn’t just Nancy photographing the pope. As our director and editor in chief, Tony Spence, noted a few days ago, we had a total of nine photographers covering the papal venues, giving CNS the best collection of U.S. papal images by far.
That’s just a long-winded introduction to the interview in the current National Catholic Register with Nancy about her experiences on the trip and her impressions of the pope. (Update May 1: The interview has been moved to the password-only portion of the Register’s site.)
And when you read the interview (click here), the two shots that she cites when asked about her favorite photos of the trip are posted below. You can also view our best images during the visit by clicking here for the slideshow that CNS photographer Paul Haring created during the trip.
Left: Pope Benedict XVI and New York Cardinal Edward M. Egan walk in the pit of the former World Trade Center towers in New York April 20. The pope prayed at the site and spoke with family members of some of the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks and with those who were first responders to the disaster. (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)
Right: Pope Benedict XVI closes his eyes following Communion during Mass at Nationals Park in Washington April 17. (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)